Illinois has passed a bill to allow the cultivation, distribution and use of marijuana, but it’s not clear if the measure will become law.
A federal judge has struck down a key provision in the law.
The Illinois Cannabis Control Act is now before the Illinois State Senate and awaits Gov.
Bruce Rauner’s signature.
A law signed by former President Barack Obama in 2016 will come into effect in January 2021.
The state has been in a legal gray zone since the 2016 law was passed.
The new law would create a legal framework for the sale and distribution of marijuana in the state.
The governor’s office has said it would allow the sale of recreational marijuana if the legislature passed it by Jan. 1.
That’s a long way from reality.
“I’m hopeful that this is going to happen, but if it does not, the governor has the authority to veto the bill,” said Senator Brian King, a Republican from Lake Forest.
The legislation was passed by the Senate in December.
The Senate passed the bill by a 50-49 vote on Wednesday.
It now heads to the Senate for final passage.
King said he was optimistic the Senate would pass the bill, and it’s the best way to get the issue on the governor’s desk.
Rauners office did not immediately return a message seeking comment on the Senate vote.
The law allows Illinoisans 21 and older to grow up to six plants in their homes, but a new law that passed in March also gives state-licensed growers the right to sell the marijuana.
It also gives the state to set limits on how much the growers can grow and what they can sell, and sets a 10-year limit on how many plants can be grown.
Raulers administration and Rauns legislative allies have argued the new law will allow for a safer and healthier state, and will give people the opportunity to enjoy cannabis.
But critics say the law will create more opportunities for organized crime.
Illinoisans are allowed to grow two plants for personal use, and four for commercial use, according to state law.
Rachael Cofnas is a health reporter for the Illinoisan and a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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This article tagged under: bill,legal,legalization,health,state senator,state source The Independent title Law to legalize medicinal marijuana in Indiana passes Senate article Illinois legislators are moving to approve a medical marijuana bill that would legalize the use of the drug.
A House committee voted 19-4 Wednesday to approve House Bill 2594.
The measure would make the drug legal for medical use in Indiana, a move that is expected to face strong opposition in the Senate.
The bill passed the Senate Tuesday night by a vote of 18-8.
The House committee on Wednesday approved the measure with one no votes.
The vote was expected, but the measure had not been debated yet.
“The bill is a first step, and we’ll see what happens in the House and Senate,” said Rep. Bill Smith, D-Indianapolis.
“It is important that the state has a regulatory framework in place so that patients are not at risk of a lawsuit.
It’s important that we protect public health and the public safety of our citizens, and I hope we can get it done.”
The bill now heads back to the House for a final vote.
Illinois currently allows the use and cultivation of marijuana for personal and medical use.
The current medical marijuana law allows patients with a physician’s recommendation to use marijuana for chronic conditions, such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and HIV/AIDS.
Under the new bill, patients would be able to use it for those conditions.
“While we are not yet seeing the full benefits of the new legislation, it’s an important step in the right direction,” said state Rep. Steve Bell, R-Middletown.
“For the first time in my life, I have a doctor’s recommendation that I can go to my doctor for marijuana.
This is a good first step in that direction.”
The new bill would allow for the cultivation of up to four plants at a time.
It would allow anyone over 21 to grow six plants at home, and those can only be grown if their parents or guardians sign a consent form.
The maximum age to grow marijuana in a home is 18.
Patients who want to grow more than four plants would need to obtain a license from the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The first retail stores are expected to open in 2018, but there’s a timeline for getting the program up and running.
Illinois has the second-highest rate of people in the United States suffering from chronic pain and the fourth-highest prevalence of people who are HIV positive.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 16 million people in this country suffer from some form of chronic pain, and more than 2.4 million of them have HIV.
It has a 15 percent overdose death rate, with about 50